March 14, 2010

Using Coffee Grounds to Grow Mushrooms

I read about an ingeniously-green, local business called BTTR Ventures in a recent New York Times blog post. It started last year and already has six full-time employees, sells mushrooms to the Berkeley Student Co-op, sells mushroom-growing kits in Whole Foods' stores for $15.99, and diverts tons of coffee grounds from landfills.

The company sums themselves up on their website...

"BTTR Ventures (pronounced Better) is a 100% sustainable urban mushroom farm founded in Berkeley, CA by two 2009 grads from UCBerkeley. BTTR grows its gourmet mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds from Peet's Coffee & Tea and is currently diverting over 6000 lbs a week from the landfill."

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